Rabalais: Sylvia Fowles 'in disbelief' but well deserving of having her No. 34 jersey retired

Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:09:24 AM. Sylvia Fowles admits when she’s with long-time teammate and close friend Seimone Augustus she likes to “work on her nerves.”
Sylvia Fowles admits when she’s with long-time teammate and close friend Seimone Augustus she likes to “work on her nerves.” Saturday, as Fowles was honored on the field in Tiger Stadium during the LSU-Arkansas game, Augustus had to tease her back, probably knowing how self-conscious “Big Syl” was feeling at the moment. “The football team was ready to come out and start the next quarter and they were still rattling off accolades that she had accomplished,” Augustus said. The accolades are indeed numerous: three Olympic gold medals, two WNBA titles, WNBA regular-season and Finals MVP awards this season, and Final Four appearances in all four of her seasons at LSU from 2005-08. It’s primarily for the latter reason that Fowles was honored Sunday before the LSU-Southeastern Louisiana game with the retirement of her No. 34 jersey. Augustus, who also has won three gold medals with Fowles and was a two-time national player of the year at LSU, already has her No. 33 jersey hanging from the catwalk in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Now Fowles’ No. 34, the number she still wears in the WNBA, will go alongside hers. “She deserves to be hanging in those rafters,” Augustus said. Considering all the greats who have come through LSU in a variety of sports, it’s an incredible honor to have a jersey retired. Fowles is the second Lady Tiger to be so honored, and she’s just the 12th LSU athlete in any sport, joining the likes of Pete Maravich, Billy Cannon, Shaquille O’Neal and Ben...Read more
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